The world of beauty is watching.

You are an artist! Your art deserves recognition and to be seen! You know your fashion shoots are fantastic! The ABS Global Image Awards Photo Competition awards your talent, gives you stage time before hundreds of your peers and so much more!







What does winning an
ABS Global Image Award mean to you?

The Categories

Each category (except for student) must include three (3) separate images of three (3) different models.

Professional - Haircutting is the hallmark of our industry and puts technical merit in the spotlight. Images should be relevant and demonstrate professional haircutting and styling skills. 

ColorAmerica® Colorist of the Year
Professional - Submit your very best hair color creation. Images will be judged on the application and placement of hair color techniques and complimentary finishing. Wigs may NOT be used in the color competition category and no Photoshop or other software may be used on the hair color. 

Avant Garde
Professional - Your progressive talent is put to the test on three different models. Avant Garde images will be judged on new and unusual or experimental ideas and groundbreaking visuals. 

Professional - Showcase your best texture techniques—either taking straight hair to curly or demonstrating the possibilities with naturally wavy, kinky or curly hair. Images will be judged on cutting and styling of curly, textured, interwoven and/or multicultural hair. Techniques can include innovative perming, straightening, texturizing and heat styling. Must include a before shot. 

Professional - Let your imagination run wild with the freedom editorial hairstyling offers you. Think ahead to what’s next in fashion and beauty. Create with your styling reputation in mind. Images to be judged on how inspirational and fashion forward the hair designs are as well as demonstrating professional hair and make-up application. 

Men’s Cutting
Professional - These days, a man’s hair cut and finish reinforces his overall fashion style—be it rugged, modern, active or innovative. Images will be judged on your interpretation of the modern and fashionable men’s looks. Barbers are eligible for this award, as well as licensed cosmetologists. 

Salon Team
Professional - Show off the talents of your salon team! Submit a trend collection that best exemplifies your team’s vision. Your images will be judged on shared ideas and achieving your goals together. Collaborative work, plus innovation and interpretation is essential for success in this category. 

Student Champion
Cosmetology Students - Whether you’re a beginner or ready to take your exams, show off your best work in your strongest category – cutting, color, texture or hair styling. Please provide one (1) before and one (1) after image. Category is open to students currently enrolled in a cosmetology school. You cannot be a licensed cosmetologist as of the entry deadline, February 14, 2020. Two (2) Runners-up finalists will also be acknowledged during America’s Beauty Show, April 18 - 20, 2020. 

School Team Avant Garde - Students 
(Up to four students per team)

Your school student team's rising talent is put to the test on one model. The Avant Garde model images will be judged on new and unusual or experimental ideas and groundbreaking visuals. Show off the talents of your students! Submit a trend collection that best exemplifies your team’s vision. Your images will be judged on shared ideas and achieving your goals together. Collaborative work, plus innovation and interpretation is essential for success in this category. Please provide one (1) before and one (1) after image. Category is open to students currently enrolled in a cosmetology school. The category is open to students currently enrolled in a cosmetology school. You cannot be a licensed cosmetologist as of the entry deadline, February 14, 2020. Two (2) Runners-up team finalists will also be acknowledged during America’s Beauty Show. 

Qualifications, Rules & Technical Requirements for Entry

  • ABS Global Image Award categories are open to all licensed salon professionals and barbers or the business equivalent where licensure is not required.
  • The Student Champion category is open to students currently enrolled in a cosmetology school or the equivalent as of the entry deadline of February 28, 2020.
  • Each category (except for student) must include three (3) separate images of three (3) different models.

Competition Rules

  1. High-resolution photo (300dpi) of the artist/s must accompany every entry. (No larger than 8MB each image and no less than 8’X10”)
  2. A short bio statement of the artist/s must accompany every entry.
  3. Review each category description for details on specific images to submit as they differ by category.
  4. Entry forms must be completed in full and can include a brief artist statement for each category entered, though it is not required.
  5. Each model photographed, photographer and team must upload a model release form or the entry will be disqualified
  6. Entries submitted that have been photographed for or used in an advertising campaign will be disqualified.
  7. Images may be in color or black & white (except ColorAmerica® Colorist of the Year which must be in color)
  8. A salon team can enter the salon team category only. Team submissions cannot be entered in any individual categories.
  9. Full wigs CANNOT be used. Wigs are NOT permitted in the ColorAmerica Haircolorist of the Year category. Partial wigs and extensions are permitted in all other categories.

Image Technical Requirements

Submit ONLY electronic files, saved as jpg at 300dpi or higher and as large as 8 x 10”.
Entry materials will NOT be returned and become the property of Cosmetologists Chicago®.
A release form must accompany images of every participant, including models submitted.
Image manipulation of content is only acceptable in the Avant Garde category.
An un-retouched image must accompany each of the finished image entries.



  • $75 for Cosmetologists Chicago® member
  • $100 for non-members


  • $25 for Cosmetologists Chicago® member
  • $55 for non-members

The Prizes

The Grand Prize - Leo Passage Trophy

In addition to winners in each separate category, one entrant in the ABS Global Image Awards will be presented the Leo Passage Gold Trophy, honoring the late founder of Pivot Point International. This special trophy will be presented to the cosmetology professional with entries in two or more of the ABS Global Image Award categories. The scores earned in each entry will be combined to determine the overall Gold Trophy winner. 

One winner in each of the Professional categories receives:

• Recognition during America’s Beauty Show, April 18 - 20, 2020
• The ABS Global Image Award trophy from Cosmetologists Chicago
• Recognition by their peers on Cosmetologists Chicago’s social media and blog
• Images featured on
• Media support through Cosmetologists Chicago public relations

The Leo Passage Trophy winner receives:

• Recognition during America’s Beauty Show, April 18 - 20, 2020
• The Leo Passage Gold Trophy
• A lifetime Cosmetologists Chicago membership
• Recognition by their peers on Cosmetologists Chicago’s social media and blog
• Images featured on
• Media support through Cosmetologists Chicago public relations

The Student category winner receives:

• On stage recognition during America’s Beauty Show, April 18 - 20, 2020
• The ABS Global Image Award Student trophy from Cosmetologists Chicago
• Swag bag for the winner
• Recognition by their peers on Cosmetologists Chicago’s social media and blog
• Images featured on
• Media support through Cosmetologists Chicago public relations

The Judging

A select group of highly esteemed salon industry leaders, influencers and masters will judge this year’s ABS Global Image Awards. In addition to the concepts outlined in “The Categories” descriptions, images will be judged on.

  • Technical merit, execution and suitability of the styles for each category
  • Concept and overall approach
  • Stylist Entrant’s creativity
  • Art direction and photo composition. All winners and finalists may request feedback from the judges on their individual entries.

Introducing the
2020 ABS Global Image Award Judges

Judging Students & Professionals

Nick Arrojo

With his signature razor-cutting techniques recognized worldwide, Nick Arrojo is a global hairdressing icon. From Manchester, England, Nick became Vidal Sassoon’s youngest-ever Creative Director, worked for Wella, then came to NYC as Director of Education at Bumble & Bumble. ARROJO NYC opened as a six-chair salon in 2001. Today, Nick’s eponymous brand is a multi-award-winner, renowned for excellence in the art and craft of hairdressing, and includes three salons, two schools, advanced academy, and two product lines. Nick, can also boast seven seasons on TLC’s ‘What Not to Wear, where he showed razor-cutting to 8 million viewers. Nick is a global spokesmen for L'Oreal Professional, the hair care company with a unique commitment to helping hairdressers in their day-to-day practice.

Ann Bray

Ann Bray revered as “the educator’s educator” ann was knighted l’ordre de la chevalerie, one of the highest honors from intercoiffure. she was also a naha winner for long hair and intercoiffure createur de mode award winner. ann trained the only u.s. hairdressing team that won gold medals at the world championship of hairdressing. most recently, ann was part of the hunger games hairdressing team. never one to rest after finishing a project, she is currently working on multiple ventures with top celebrities like ben affleck, james franco, leonardo dicaprio and selena gomez as part of the team creating styles for their upcoming films.

Beth Minardi

The Haircolor Expert & Celebrity Colorist NYC
Iconic Celebrity Haircolorist Beth Minardi has dedicated her illustrious career to elevating the perception of professional haircolor to an art form—with the help of the professional colorists she educates on innovative color techniques, forward-looking trends and business strategies.

“Beauty professionals give so much from our hearts, souls, hands and heads, and help our clients feel better every day,” says Beth. “We must be highly skilled in both chemistry and art and deserve to be regarded in the highest esteem. I have dedicated my career to helping us all elevate that perception.”

Beth first became intrigued by color as a young girl. Her aunt was a renowned painter, who delighted in sharing her passion with her niece. “Aunt Julia would give me a palette and squeeze out colors—white and black, then blue, red and yellow. She taught me how to mix color,” says Beth. Little did she know that those experiences would influence her for a lifetime.

Armed with a degree in education followed by a cosmetology license, Beth began working for a major haircolor brand as an educator. She quickly rose through the ranks, learning every step of the way. She landed in New York City, where working both behind the chair and in the lab, Beth played an instrumental role in developing the industry’s leading haircolor products. As each of her creations moved the haircolor category forward exponentially, Beth became more passionate about creating every product and shade that she and her haircolorist friends needed to delight their clients.

Enter Beth Minardi Signature Haircolor, a brilliant collection of more than 80 intermixable, essential, high-shine shades. They range from ultra pale to dramatic brunettes, coppers and reds, plus her exclusive tan shades. The Collection offers every shade haircolorists need and none they don’t. Together, they create a complete palette of Permanent Crème Haircolor, Demi-Permanent Crème Haircolor and Demi-Permanent Liquid Haircolor for ultimate creativity, shine and superb gray coverage. The brand’s scientific tenet: First, do no harm. That’s why Beth Minardi Signature Haircolor contains two important conditioners—phytocollagen and ceramide 2—that support both the inside and outside of the hair strand so the hair is conditioned as it is colored.

“In response to the requests from my professional colorist friends, I’ve created a color collection that delights their image-conscious clients with beautiful, modern, signature haircolor,” explains Beth. “What matters is that ten days after it’s colored with Beth Minardi Signature Haircolor, the hair still looks as rich and as vibrant as it did on the first day. I’ve invested my heart, my soul and everything I’ve learned throughout my career into these products and the education that helps colorists use them to their full potential. As a result, colorists can deliver superior haircolor while they condition the hair, creating a curated color result.”

Beth and her team have recently focused on developing new product innovations (coming soon!) and Beth Minardi Color Immersion education. This includes digital education, which haircolorists can attend at their convenience. Her new business and marketing strategies help salons and hair stylists thrive in the new beauty economy.

When she’s not traveling to educate haircolorists, Beth sees clients at Warren Tricomi Salon on the fashionable Upper East Side of New York City. She provides her impressive roster of clients with gorgeous blondes, brunettes and reds ranging from crimson to copper. Spectacular gray coverage and silver enhancements, plus the most eye-catching shade-on-shade highlightings and balayage. She’s prepped celebrities from Evan Rachel Wood, Mandy Moore, Sara Jessica Parker to Julianne Moore, Brad Pitt and many others for a variety of starring roles.

As the professional beauty industry’s most awarded haircolorist, Beth has received The North American Hairstyling Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award, been honored as a "Ceiling Crasher" by EmpowHERment and been named as one of the 50 Most Influential Hairdressers for her work as a passionate haircolor educator by Modern Salon. named her Haircolor Educator of the Year multiple times and American Salon magazine honored her as Haircolorist of the Year.

Beth is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.

Beth is mother to her daughter Christa and her beloved poodle, Mango.

Candy Shaw aka The Balay Lama

Owner, Creator, and Sole Proprietor of Sunlights® Balayage

"As a female entrepreneur, I'm on a mission to help hairdressers earn a better living and make a better life using the power of the paintbrush and scissors. Through quality education in Balayage and French Cutting, it's my dream to spread our no-nonsense, easy-to-understand curriculums to stylists across the globe!"
- Candy Shaw

As the daughter of former world-champion competition-hairdresser Jamison Shaw, Candy Shaw literally grew up in the beauty business. Trained in Paris, Candy’s been a French Cutter and Balayage Highlighter her entire life.

​Widely regarded as the world’s foremost authority on balayage education, Candy teaches a hair painting system that’s fast, efficient, beautiful, and profitable. Today she runs three companies: Jamison Shaw Hairdressers, a 50-year-young, third-generation, 50 chair salon in Atlanta, where she works full-time behind-the-chair; a 20-year-young Advanced Training Academy specializing in balayage education; and her most recent venture, SUNLIGHTS®Balayage, the maker and purveyor of the world’s leading balayage products and education.

Passionate about education and the Davines brand, Anna approaches each course with the goal to encourage enthusiasm “about the endless possibilities in this amazing industry while feeling closer to a responsible company like Davines”. Her creative vision and technical expertise intensified by the Davines philosophy offer an extraordinary classroom experience. 

“When you represent a brand as genuine, as real, as caring about their people and the planet, as Davines, your convictions, beliefs, and passion for the industry, the people you touch, and our environment are multiplied tenfold.” 

IG: @annapacittopure 

Judging Student Categories Only

Michael McGraw

Michael McGraw is a Supercuts National Artistic Director and Brand Ambassador. Beginning his career in 1991 in New Orleans as a hairstylist, working his way to salon manager, and in 1996 had the opportunity to become a Supercuts educator. As an Artistic Director, he has had many opportunities within Supercuts. Michael has been on stage at conferences, national hair shows, and has shared the stage with American Crew and Paul Mitchell, as well as being on stage at the Paul Mitchell Caper held in Las Vegas.

Michael has had the privilege of spear-heading photoshoots and taking part in creating educational videos. He is trained in advanced haircutting and clipper techniques and is certified by Paul Mitchell to deliver Paul Mitchell color classes.
Today, Michael distributes and shares his knowledge with new and current hairstylists and barbers through hair cutting and coloring classes, as well as continued education classes delivered straight to 120+ salons. He also wears the hat as a Supercuts Brand Ambassador, attending 15+ events throughout the year, sharing his industry journey with other stylists and barbers. Currently, Michael resides in Dallas, Texas.

Tisha Husbands

Tisha Husbands is a Recruiting Systems & Tools Leader at Ratner Companies. She has been a licensed Cosmetologist for over 20 years and has had the privilege of working at Ratner Companies for 15 ½ years. 

Tisha started as a Salon Leader/Master Stylist with Hair Cuttery while also attending college and obtaining her Bachelor’s of Science in International Business with a minor in Finance. Upon completion of her degree, she landed a job at the Ratner Companies Resource Center in Vienna, VA. 

In her role, she is responsible for Implementing Recruiting Systems and Tools while streamlining processes, Ratner’s participation in Industry Events, Brand awareness, supporting the Recruiting Team, and her favorite- partnering with the Beauty Cast Network and working with the Future Professionals.

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